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shame

noun uk   /ʃeɪm/ us  

shame noun (BAD LUCK)

A2 [S] If something is described as a shame, it is disappointing or not satisfactory: [+ that] It's a (great) shame that the concert had to be cancelled. [+ to infinitive] Have some more vegetables - it would be a shame to waste them. "Douglas is having to miss the school concert because he's ill." "Oh, what a shame/that's a shame!"

shame noun (BAD FEELING)

C1 [U] an uncomfortable feeling of guilt or of being ashamed because of your own or someone else's bad behaviour: He said he felt no shame for what he had done. The children hung/bowed their heads in shame. The shame of the scandal was so great that he shot himself a few weeks later. You can't go out dressed like that - have you no shame (= don't you feel ashamed about being dressed like that)? [U] loss of honour and respect: He thinks there's great shame in being out of work and unable to provide for his family. In some societies, if a woman leaves her husband, it brings shame on her and her family. put sb to shame to make someone feel ashamed: It puts me to shame that I still haven't replied to David's letter. to my shame I feel ashamed because: To my shame, I never wrote and thanked Mary for her present. shame on you used to tell someone that they should feel sorry for something they did: Shame on you for being so unkind.humorous You mean you were in town and you didn't come and see us - shame on you!

shame noun (COMPARE WELL)

put sb/sth to shame to make someone or something seem not good by comparison: Your cooking puts mine to shame.

shame

verb [T] uk   /ʃeɪm/ us  

shame verb [T] (BAD FEELING)

to make someone feel ashamed, or to make someone or something lose honour and respect: It shames me that I treated her so badly. The behaviour of a few children has shamed the whole school. shame sb into/out of sth to cause someone to do or not to do something by making them feel ashamed: [+ -ing verb] The number of people out of work has shamed the government into taking action to prevent further job losses.

shame verb [T] (COMPARE WELL)

to be so much better than something that is seems of a low standard by comparison: The school's exam results shame those of the other schools in the area.

shame

exclamation uk   /ʃeɪm/ us  
used to express disapproval of something that a public speaker is saying: To cries of 'Shame!', the minister announced that taxes were being increased.
(Definition of shame from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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